Rusty (film series)

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The Rusty film series comprises eight American films produced for young audiences between 1945 and 1949 by Columbia Pictures. Child actor Ted Donaldson stars as Danny Mitchell in the series, which relates the adventures of a German Shepherd dog named Rusty. The role of Rusty was played by Ace the Wonder Dog in the first feature, Adventures of Rusty (1945).[1] A police dog named Rip took over the role for the second film, The Return of Rusty (1946).[2] In the later films Rusty was played by Flame,[1] a charismatic dog star who was featured in three separate series.[3]:176, 193

Though the Rusty films were B-movies primarily shown as the second half of a double-bill, the films usually had a humanist subtext and subtly promoted positive values on social issues of the era. Among the directors of the series was John Sturges who subsequently became famous for directing The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Among the regular cast members was child actor David Ackles, who appeared in six of the eight films.

Films[edit]

Release date Title Director Length Notes
September 6, 1945 Adventures of Rusty Burnford, PaulPaul Burnford 69 min.[1] Cast: Ted Donaldson, Margaret Lindsay, Conrad Nagel, Ace the Wonder Dog[4]
June 27, 1946 Return of Rusty, TheThe Return of Rusty Castle, WilliamWilliam Castle 64 min.[1] Cast: Ted Donaldson, John Litel, Barbara Woodell,[5] Rip the Police Dog[2]
May 1, 1947 For the Love of Rusty Sturges, JohnJohn Sturges 68 min.[1] Cast: Ted Donaldson, Tom Powers, Ann Doran, Flame[6]
August 7, 1947 Son of Rusty, TheThe Son of Rusty Landers, LewLew Landers 75 min.[1] Cast: Ted Donaldson, Tom Powers, Ann Doran, Flame[7]
April 8, 1948 My Dog Rusty Landers, LewLew Landers 64 min.[1] Cast: Ted Donaldson, John Litel, Ann Doran, Flame[8]
October 21, 1948 Rusty Leads the Way Jason, WillWill Jason 58 min.[1] Cast: Ted Donaldson, John Litel, Ann Doran, Flame[9]
April 8, 1949 Rusty Saves a Life Friedman, SeymourSeymour Friedman 67 min.[1] Cast: Ted Donaldson, John Litel, Ann Doran, Flame[10]
November 3, 1949 Rusty's Birthday Friedman, SeymourSeymour Friedman 60 min.[1] Cast: Ted Donaldson, John Litel, Ann Doran, Flame[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hirschhorn, Clive (1989). The Columbia Story. New York: Crown Publishers. p. 356. OCLC 773218985. 
  2. ^ a b "New 'Rusty' Adventure Film". The Sydney Morning Herald. November 13, 1946. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  3. ^ Orlean, Susan (2011). Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4391-9013-5. 
  4. ^ "Adventures of Rusty". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  5. ^ "The Return of Rusty". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  6. ^ "For the Love of Rusty". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  7. ^ "The Son of Rusty". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  8. ^ "My Dog Rusty". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  9. ^ "Rusty Leads the Way". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  10. ^ "Rusty Saves a Life". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  11. ^ "Rusty's Birthday". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-06-12.